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Avoid Summer Learning Loss

After a year of virtual, then hybrid learning, parents across the country are concerned about the impact disruptions from COVID-19 may have on their children's educational progress. Some researchers have dubbed this the COVID-19 slide. This slide is defined as...

How About Grad School?

After four years of grueling undergraduate schoolwork, you might not want to see another textbook anytime soon. Dream job, here you come! But if the thought of job hunting right after college graduation does not appeal to you, graduate school may be the way to go....

The Benefits of a Summer Job

On the last day of school, you can hear a collective cheer from students across the country. Two months of no homework, tests, or projects has finally arrived. For the high school student, a productive way to spend your time over the summer may be working at a job or...

Is that a Good SAT or ACT Score?

When the SAT or ACT scores come out, we are often asked, “Is that a good SAT or ACT score?” This is a tough question to answer because “good” is very relative. Before we answer that question for a parent or student, we ask students to list their top schools and...

Understanding Your ACT Score Report

The ACT score report provides detailed information to help you better understand your strengths and weaknesses in terms of ACT content. It’s worth taking the time to review your score report in detail before deciding if you should retake the ACT because your scores...

Making the Most of Hybrid Learning

Seven months into the 2020-2021 school year, hybrid learning is now available for public school students across Virginia. Many students are excited about this opportunity to learn in the classroom, if only two days a week. Others, unsure of how the hybrid learning...

Back to School COVID-Style

For many middle and high school students, these next few weeks mark the start of in-person instruction. After almost a year of virtual school, going "back" to the classroom just might be the most exciting time of the year. But before the excitement of socialization...

Changes to the SAT

College Board has announced the elimination of the optional essay section on the SAT and all SAT II Subject Tests in an effort to reduce and simplify academic demands on students. Subject tests will no longer be offered to U.S. students and the essay section will not...

Everything You Need to Know About the SAT/ACT Essay

Update: This article was written in October 2020. The SAT essay will not be offered after June 2021 and the SAT essay score will not be an admissions requirement at that time. For details, read our blog on Changes to the SAT. Prepping for the SAT or ACT is not usually...

Staying Connected During COVID

The year 2020 has brought many changes for high school students, from virtual learning to social distancing. While virtual learning has been successful for some and challenging for others, social distancing has been a struggle for almost all high schoolers. Months of...

Avoid Summer Learning Loss

After a year of virtual, then hybrid learning, parents across the country are concerned about the impact disruptions from COVID-19 may have on their children's educational progress. Some researchers have dubbed this the COVID-19 slide. This slide is defined as...

read more

How About Grad School?

After four years of grueling undergraduate schoolwork, you might not want to see another textbook anytime soon. Dream job, here you come! But if the thought of job hunting right after college graduation does not appeal to you, graduate school may be the way to go....

read more

The Benefits of a Summer Job

On the last day of school, you can hear a collective cheer from students across the country. Two months of no homework, tests, or projects has finally arrived. For the high school student, a productive way to spend your time over the summer may be working at a job or...

read more

Is that a Good SAT or ACT Score?

When the SAT or ACT scores come out, we are often asked, “Is that a good SAT or ACT score?” This is a tough question to answer because “good” is very relative. Before we answer that question for a parent or student, we ask students to list their top schools and...

read more

Understanding Your ACT Score Report

The ACT score report provides detailed information to help you better understand your strengths and weaknesses in terms of ACT content. It’s worth taking the time to review your score report in detail before deciding if you should retake the ACT because your scores...

read more

Making the Most of Hybrid Learning

Seven months into the 2020-2021 school year, hybrid learning is now available for public school students across Virginia. Many students are excited about this opportunity to learn in the classroom, if only two days a week. Others, unsure of how the hybrid learning...

read more

Back to School COVID-Style

For many middle and high school students, these next few weeks mark the start of in-person instruction. After almost a year of virtual school, going "back" to the classroom just might be the most exciting time of the year. But before the excitement of socialization...

read more

Changes to the SAT

College Board has announced the elimination of the optional essay section on the SAT and all SAT II Subject Tests in an effort to reduce and simplify academic demands on students. Subject tests will no longer be offered to U.S. students and the essay section will not...

read more

Staying Connected During COVID

The year 2020 has brought many changes for high school students, from virtual learning to social distancing. While virtual learning has been successful for some and challenging for others, social distancing has been a struggle for almost all high schoolers. Months of...

read more

Community Service During COVID-19

Community service is noticeably different now with many organizations and non-profits closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but that doesn't mean you can't still serve the community. It just requires a little time and creativity. Beyond the desire to serve others...

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Why Take the SAT in a Test Optional World?

Update: This post was originally written in May 2020. Throughout the spring and fall of 2020, there were many SAT and ACT cancellations. As a result, nearly all colleges adopted a test optional policy for students applying for Fall 2021 admissions. Many schools...

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